Queen’s speech 2017: design industry reacts to Government’s plans


The Idol’s Speech has laid out the Government’s plans for the next two years, which file bills around Brexit, technical education and the national living wage. We look at what it means for devisers.

The Queen has delivered her speech, laying out the Conservative Government’s plans for the next two years, which draw in several Brexit bills that could affect the creative exertions.

Eight of the 24 new bills announced revolve around Brexit, studies the BBC.

This includes ending the free movement of EU nationals into the UK, repealing the European Communities Act which resolution mean that the UK is no longer bound by EU law, and an emphasis on trade with powers outside of the EU.

UK home to 20% of EU creatives

A Nesta report in 2015 rest that the UK is currently a hub for creative jobs, showing that it is home to 20% of all imaginative workers in the European Union (EU), roughly 2 million out of 11 million creatives.

The organize industry has previously expressed concern at the curbing of immigration in terms of its effects on fascinating creative talent. Prime minister Theresa May has previously vouched to persevere in to attract the “brightest and best” for study and work, but it is not yet clear whether this criteria hand down be judged based on skills or wage .

Loss of unregistered design rights

The defeat of EU law could also spell trouble for designers. Dids Macdonald, naught at organisation Anti-Copying in Design (ACID) has previously warned that the diminution of existing EU copyright and intellectual property (IP) laws could mean inventors can no longer depend on unregistered design rights, which “the majority rely on” to conserve surface designs of products, as well as shape, she says.

However, the void of the act could also provide an opportunity to establish stronger, more clobber copyright laws, which could place UK-based designers winning of the game, though this is yet to be seen.

Industrial strategy and developing new technology

Other non-Brexit common bills that could affect designers include those centred everywhere enabling the UK to “remain a world leader in new industries” including development of energized cars and space transport such as rockets, satellites and planes. This could evoke more jobs in the engineering and product design industries.

A bid has also been mentioned to increase the National Living Wage and “enhance rights and protections in the fresh workplace”. This could increase the rights of freelance creatives, despite the fact that the term “modern workplace” is yet to be defined.

Focus on technical education

In terms of schooling, there was no mention of an increase in grammar schools, as was previously outlined in the Unprogressives’ manifesto. A “major reform of technical education” was promised instead.

This could allude to a departure from the academic, STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) agenda that has been pushed by Sway in recent years, and could mean creative and vocational subjects are accustomed more weight. Equally though, the promise to deliver an industrial scenario, and the emphasis on developing electric cars, establishes the Government’s priorities in technology and engineering.

There was not yet talk of an go together partnership with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which is a possibility that has been call to minded since the Conservatives failed to secure a majority in the general election earlier this month. A time to come agreement with the DUP, which has more liberal ideas around forbear the EU, could result in a “softer” Brexit but this is yet to be seen.

The design effort’s reactions

Jack Tindale, manager of design and innovation, Policy Rivet

“The Queen’s Speech was one dominated by Brexit, and it is likely that this intention dominate the legislative agenda for at least the next two years. The Customs Pecker and the Trade Bill indicate an intention by the Government to continue with designs for Britain to leave both the European Single Market and the Customs Harmony, with obvious repercussions for the creative industries. Any changes to tariffs compel affect the ability of designers and other firms to export their frees to other European countries, and it is vital the sector continues for a response that lets for the smoothest transition possible, as the Bills pass through Parliament.

The Rescission Bill, which aims to incorporate EU law into the British statute libretti, will also change the way in which British designers work within the forms and regulations surrounding intellectual property. The Bill does not – as yet – indicate what is to turn of how the UK engages with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) check up on Brexit, and the sector should make efforts to clarify this.

Domestically, the Leader’s Speech made no mention of the expansion of Grammar Schools suggested in the Right-winger Manifesto. What this means for creative and art education is unclear. Within the ambiance of a hung Parliament, this could mean further reforms to the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) qualification and the developing for creative subjects to be included as a component of it. The Government also announced targets to bring forward proposals for school improvements “that can command a seniority”, with an expansion in the number of technical colleges and developments of technical intentions education a possibility.”

Deborah Dawton, CEO, Design Business Association

“What we heard in the Cynosure’s speech was a very much paired down Government plan and there can be no suspicion about the scale of the challenge that lies ahead.

The DBA continues to fuzzy its attention on securing a great sector deal for the Creative Industries. Our contributions to the Industrial Game consultation extend this week to contributing to the Sir Peter Bazalgette Cavalcade. A growth agenda is a priority for many DBA members across the UK and we want to see skills scarcities addressed, a commitment to global competitiveness despite Brexit and access to affordable time, which is a particular issue in London.

We also need assurances that a hard immigration policy (part of our Brexit negotiations) and the current education way (which side-lines creativity) will not bring about a drought in possibilities entering the UK design industry or starting new businesses in two years’ time; that transfer put the brakes on growth in the sector, which is the fastest growing and biggest contributor to GDP in the UK. Ours is a human being business. Bottom line is, you need great people to grow it and they hold to come from somewhere.”

Sarah Weir, CEO, Design Council

“We greet the recognition of the industrial strategy and the importance of equipping people with the high-value skills for the future, as likely as building more homes.

“We will have to wait and see the detail of Brexit and immigration legislation to empathize with if it will enable the design sector to continue to thrive and grow post-Brexit. We settle upon work to press home the vital role the design economy spaces for our country and the absolute necessity that industries continue to be able to access the precisely talent, grow and develop skills and maintain IP and design right securities following the Great Repeal Bill.

We will gain more lucidity on direction of travel on skills, education and housing following the budget and journal of consultations. The Queen’s speech sets the agenda for the next two years. And while it was understandably penniless than we are used to, it is vital that the Government focus on the issues that in effect matter to business, communities and people – bringing forth policies and investment that require secure our future and the future of generations to come.”

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